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West Sussex BKA Convention

Annual Convention A one day Beekeeping Convention is held annually at the beginning of the year.  It is intended to suit all abilities and as well as the main lectures there is a choice of seminars to attend. This year’s event will be held on Saturday 23rd February 2019 at Lodge Hill Centre, Watersfield, Pulborough, RH20 1LZ

The West Sussex Beekeepers’ Association is pleased to invite beekeepers and those interested in bees and beekeeping to the WSBKA Annual Convention.  The event is designed to suit beekeepers of all standards. As well as the main lectures, the seminars offer a choice of more specialised topics.

Main Lectures

  •   ‘The Joys of Raising Queens’ – Clive de Bruyn
  •   ‘Monitoring Honeybee Colony Activity with Accelerometer Sensors’ – Dr Martin Bencsik
  •   ‘Melissopalynology – The Study of Pollen in Honey’ – Adam Leitch NDB

In addition there is a choice of seminars

Seminar 1 (You may attend one of these)

1)      ‘Beekeeping Mistakes’ – Clive de Bruyn

2)      ‘Experiments in Skep Beekeeping’ – Chris Park

3)      ‘BBKA Examination System & what you can get out of it’ – Celia Perry

Seminar 2 (You may attend one of these)

4)      ‘Asian Hornet Update’ – Adam Leitch

5)      ‘Mead, Metheglin & Medicine’ – Chris Park

6)      ‘Wings, Stings and other things under the microscope’ – James Donaldson

For further details contact Chris O’Riordan on 01403 253020 or email wsbkaconvention@gmail.com

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Frame with eggs

CSBKA Blog January 2019

Welcome to the first blog in our news section of our website.

We will keep you up to date with what has been happening at our weekly apiary meetings (starting in April, weather dependant) and at our other meetings and events. Also, any items of interest will appear here too with up to date tips that may help you and your bees.

Our first apiary meeting of the year was on Saturday 12th January the agenda for the morning was to discuss Varroa treatments with an option to use Oxalic acid by vaporizing, cleaning and sterilizing some donated equipment, checking our stock of frames/foundation and the disposable gloves and most importantly to check the bee’s stores.

There was a very good turnout and enjoyed a good chat of course while doing the chores, Dennis came along and talked us through his latest project, which should appear in the next Buzz, he also brought along some of Theresa’s lovely cake!

I have included a photo with some eggs in the cells, just to keep your eyes accustomed to seeing eggs, I thought twice about putting a photo with a queen!

First Apiary meeting 0f 2019

We had a good turnout at our first apiary meeting Saturday 12th January 2019. The forecast was good so it was arranged, we really needed to check the colonies for stores by “hefting” the hives, in fact only one full hive and a nuc needed some fondant, there were live bees in all the hives so looking good at the moment, but still early days.

Extra Varroa treatment using Oxalic acid vapourized was discussed but as the colonies were treated with MAQS in the autumn it was decided to monitor Varroa drop in early spring when another treatment of MAQS is possible, Some more equipment was cleaned and stored in the shed. Also our stock of frames and gloves were counted to be passed to our treasurer.

It won’t be long to wait until we are looking at queen cells again!

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First apiary meeting of 2019

We had a good turnout at our first apiary meeting Saturday 12th January 2019. The forecast was good so it was arranged, we really needed to check the colonies for stores by “hefting” the hives, in fact only one full hive and a nuc needed some fondant, there were live bees in all the hives so looking good at the moment, but still early days.

Extra Varroa treatment using Oxalic acid vapourized was discussed but as the colonies were treated with MAQS in the autumn it was decided to monitor Varroa drop in early spring when another treatment of MAQS is possible, Some more equipment was cleaned and stored in the shed. Also our stock of frames and gloves were counted to be passed to our treasurer.

It won’t be long to wait until we are looking at queen cells again!

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